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Titano and Brainiac both appear as well, and bennett, an artist whose work I've never been all that crazy about, does pretty awesome versions of both of them, and I even rather liked his big, hulking Superman, but then, I've lately enjoyed seeing this "real" Superman, with his tights and shorts, each month in this book.
The early pages of this issue are awfully odd looking, as they seem split completely in half, with very wide gutters between the top two tiers and the bottom two tiers, which I imagine has something to do with this being a digital-first book, but a few pages in they seem to have corrected that, thinning the gutters and occasionally overlapping the panels in the second and third tiers.
Afterlife with Archie #3 (Archie Comics) Oh man, I used to think Hiram Lodge looked a lot like Commissioner Gordon before I saw former Detective Comics artist Francesco Francavilla draw him as a younger man!
In this issue, two more of Archie's classmates succumb to the zombie infection, Veronica tries to cheer herself up with a pool party and our ginger title character sneaks out of the safety of the Lodges' mansion to check on his and Betty's parents.
As with the previous issues, this comic features fantastic art, a surprisingly adult and effective horror drama and to give off a palpable aura of "Can you believe this book even actually exists?"
And as with issue #2, there's a "From The Vault" reprint of an old black-and-white horror comic by a comics master, this one by Dick Giordano.
Aquaman #26 (DC) I'm sad to say that I wanted to like this a lot more than I did, given that I like Aquaman, I like writer Jeff Parker (who is making his debut as the new Aquaman writer with this issue) and i like Paul Pelleteir (although Pelleteir is only one of the two pencillers drawing this issue; Netho Diaz being the other).
I haven't read past "Throne of Atlantis," so I'm a little behind on the goings-on of Aquaman, but this issue finds he and Mera in Atlantis, trying to rule as king and queen (not sure how she gets to be queen if she's just dating the king, but whatever DC), although many of the people are still opposed to him and even more are opposed to her.
Than a giant monster called the Karaqan, which I believe is Atlantean for Kraken, starts attacking the surface world, and Aquaman goes off to fight it by having Mera use her water powers to fling him through the air from Atlantis to Iceland (?!). The monster and the questions of Aquaman's legitimacy to rule are tied together.
It's a decent enough comic, and I plan on giving it a few more issues, but I guess I was expecting to be wowed, and wasn't.
I like to imagine DC asking him for a contribution, even if only a pin-up or a cover, and Miller thinking, Okay, you want a cover? I'll give you a cover! and then drawing what looks awfully close to his design for Catwoman from that Holy Terror, Batman! comic that turned into Holy Terror. I really love that cover in how it is just so goddam Frank Miller and so clearly unattached to anything vaguely Batman-related at all, aside from the fact that it has a woman wearing a cat-mask. Seriously, that's not the New 52 Catwoman, it's not any version of a previous Catwoman, it's not a possible future Catwoman, it's just a Frank Miller drawing of something vaguely, tangentially Batman-related.
I was kinda disappointed by Kelley Jones' pin-up (Well, the background is amazing)...
TEC #31 in the background, Batman and Robin III swinging before the figure, the floating villain heads, and the "Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot..." speech on paper-like narration boxes, and a giant "BATMAN").
(But yeah, I can't believe that got printed).
Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers.
So let's see, that's 32 pages of comics content, a single ad for the next issue of SpongeBob and a price tag of just $2.99. Huh.
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7 (Marvel Entertainment) So who exactly is the new Beetle, and how did she come to be? Well, now that we know who her dad is, regular writer Nick Spencer and fill-in artist Rich Ellis (not regular artists Lieber, as the cover states) tell us of her origin, from her very first heist to her suiting up.
As a Beetle solo story, with a trio of Marvel villain guest-stars, I wasn't sure what to expect—particularly given how eager I am to see what happens next in "the present" after the events of issue #6—but this turned out to be just as funny as the issues starring all five of The Sinister Six.
Not sure what the best line was, though. It was either "I'm gona be the Hillary Clinton-- --but you know... of drug lords" or "The Nazis were a long time ago."
Great, great stuff as usual. I'm going to miss this book when they raise the price by 33%...
Young Avengers #15 (Marvel) It's interesting that this final issue of the series, featuring artwork by Beckey Cloonan and Jordie Bellaire, Ming Doyle and Maris Wicks, Joe Quinones and Wicks (but no Wicks pencils! Waaaah!) and Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson in various character-centric sections (ala the previous issue, the first half of the epilogue for the series), gives no real indication that this is the end of the Young Avengers as a team, other than Loki leaving the line-up. I don't know if writer Kieron Gillen wanted to leave things like this so that whoever does the next Young Avengers book will be able to pick up where he left off if they so chose, or if Marvel wanted a Young Avengers team in place to use for tie-in one-shots or miniseries to future event stories (the way they previously used Young Avengers and The Runaways when they were ongoing-less), but Miss America, Hawkeye, Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy and Speed all go out to breakfast together at the end of the issue, with no indication that this is their final comic book together.
Oh, and Gillen also makes it clear that his is the gayest superhero team of all time. "Am I the only person on the team who's straight?" Kate Bishop asks when Miss America and Marvel Boy both say things about their sexual identities, to which Miss America responds, "I've seen the way you look at me...You're not that straight."